Oscar Wilde said that the aim of art is “to reveal art and conceal the artist.” As I approached The Night Watcher at Studio Theatre, I had to wonder if the one-woman show was exempt from this mandate. This is Charlayne Woodard’s fourth autobiographical solo play—by now, to reveal and relive her actual life is […]
Archives for October 2013
At first glance, the handsome high-ceilinged apartment in which nearly all of The Argument plays out seems too spacious. How are two actors — even two very good actors — to fill it? But we’re quickly reminded that homes contain more than the mere bodies of their inhabitants. We unpack enormous amounts of ourselves among […]
Quick! Name a Shakespeare play – any of the 37 plays we know he wrote. Did you say Hamlet? Macbeth, maybe? Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream? We’re so familiar with “the big ones” that we often forget that there are a handful of plays we won’t often see in rotation. Luckily, we’re […]
This week, Theater Alliance debuted its production of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at the Anacostia Playhouse, performed by Jennifer Mendenhall, but I’m afraid you can’t see it. At least, not the way we saw it.
The summer’s Capital Fringe Festival is always an exciting time for theater lovers, but thankfully, you don’t need to wait 12 months for another peek at some of the most original and thought provoking theatre performances.
Don’t let the Roman columns and Magritte-green manicured lawns fool you. Those posh McMansion suburban communities have problems of trailer-trash magnitude, according to playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo’s hilarious, pitch-black comedy Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, directed with intellect and a keen appreciation of the idiocy of human behavior by The Shakespeare Theatre’s artistic […]
Who knew art history could be so riveting, dangerous, and fun? Constellation Theatre Company tackles Naomi Iizuka’s mind-bending play 36 Views in a kaleidoscopic journey through ancient Asian culture and black market intrigue that must be seen to be believed.
First-time director Michael Avolio has done something extraordinary. How’s that, you ask? Not only did he have the chutzpah to stage Eugene O’Neill’s rarely-produced, large-ensemble grand requiem to “hopeless hope,” The Iceman Cometh as his debut, but the production at Bethesda’s Quotidian Theatre is a smashing success, capturing the essential horror, joy, humor and naked […]
Arena Stage’s moving Love in Afghanistan follows an unlikely romance that blooms amid the chaos of present-day Afghanistan. An American rapper and Afghan interpreter overcome culture clashes, CIA interrogations, and sectarian violence to form a touching bond that bridges their wildly different worlds.
Audiences seeing MetroStage’s critically acclaimed production of Gee’s Bend this weekend will be in for a special treat. For performances Oct 24 – 27, Helen Hayes Award recipient Deidra LaWan Starnes will be stepping in as Nella, temporarily replacing Margo Moorer who originated the role because the actress had a prior commitment in Atlanta. Gee’s […]